Maybe it’s the economic stresses that have inspired our new business owners to turn their hobbies and passions into a business. This is reflected in the products offered which give their customers the opportunity to relax, enjoy, and spoil themselves. Prepare to be inspired…
Friends, Candy and Tilly, have over thirty years’ experience in the clothing industry. Candy brought together her own knowledge and self-taught skills, with Tilly’s fashion degree, and they came up with their fashion business idea, which specialises in reproduction vintage clothing. They have experienced both highs and lows while launching their business, and admitted they found it difficult at times keeping up with the demand of stock, whilst both still working full time. “Time is money, it really is all a learning process and you will only get out what you are prepared to put in. We look forward to watching our business grow further and our aim is to work on this full time, with the support and guidance from Julie we have no doubt in our business growing even further.” And that is exactly what they have managed to achieve, reporting this month that “We are delighted to tell you that things have progressed enormously. Our hard work this year has meant we are attending most of the large rockabilly weekends next year – something that does not normally happen easily, as these places are very hard to come by.” Read the full story
Paul Wheeler walked past the Nwes centre in Norwich, and decided to drop in to discuss his business idea – Ascend Adventure was born. The company has now been trading since July last year offering safe, professional adventure therapy programs, tailored to meet the requirements of any client group. Their ethos is to help participants grow and change by delivering adventurous activities and challenges, combined with therapeutic support. Their projects include working with marginalised groups who are struggling to find direction or cope with tough life experiences.
Since beginning trading Ascend Adventures has gone on to recruit two staff members, generating employment in the area – a major goal for Nwes when supporting new businesses. Paul says, “I think the most important thing we have found is to combine the business planning with a really strong passion and belief in what you are doing! We believe in the restorative power of the outdoors and want to engage as many people as possible with this.” Read the full story
The Ipswich Hypnotherapy Clinic
Malcolm Harmer fulfilled a long-held ambition when he opened clinic in Ipswich. Malcolm says “I have long wished to set up this kind of business, but it was waiting for the right time, place, etc.” Whilst searching for suitable premises in Ipswich Malcolm stumbled upon Nwes. Together with business advice and support from Nwes, and a lot of background research and study by Malcolm, The Ipswich Hypnotherapy Clinic opened. Situated in the Suffolk Enterprise Centre the clinic offers one-to-one private clinical hypnotherapy, covering the main requirements of modern life such as stress management, confidence, public speaking, relaxation techniques, motivation enhancement, plus hugely effective treatments for smoking cessation and weight loss (Hypno-Band). Phobias, chronic pain and sports enhancement treatments are also covered in a wide repertoire. Read the full story
Mark Davidson, Guitar Teacher
After a period of unemployment Mark explored the option of becoming self-employed in order to generate his own income. He decided to combine his 21 years of guitar playing experience, and to capitalise on his ten years’ experience of teaching to offer his services as a Guitar Tutor. Mark was put in touch with Nwes and initially attended a short seminar hosted by local Business Advisor John Sargant, who is based at the Thurrock Centre for Business in Grays. Following the initial Mark scheduled a follow up appointment and received the advice and encouragement to support him in making his idea a reality.
Mark is qualified to Grade 8 in guitar and has chosen to teach the guitar to students in their own homes providing a more accessible and personal service. He has also implemented a service to provide advice via email and phone too. Read the full story
Jackie Callow felt unhappy with her life and career, and the daily commute to London. She felt her job was meaningless and she knew something had to change. This was the driving force that brought her to the idea of starting her own business in organic skincare.
Jackie researched her products working with a cosmetic chemist to ensure her products would be safety assessed and compliant with the latest UK and EU regulations. After five years of hard work and sheer determination, while still working full time in London, Jackie finalised her range of products using 100% Organic ingredients. With the support of the Ready for Business programme, Nwes were able to help Jackie, develop her business plan and financial forecasts to ensure that her business launch would be a success and that provision and planning for continued growth were taken account of. Jackie took the plunge and finally launched her business under the brand of Earthzest Organics. Read the full story
Maria’s Hair Salon
Maria had worked with family for a number of years and on decided to open her own business. She found Nwes on line, and approached us for advice and to explore the business’s eligibility for funding. Maria has benefitted from a strong family network, and feels lucky to have the advantage of ongoing mentoring from her father and brother who also had their own businesses. She says “It’s been a long process and taken a number of months for everything to get completed, but with the help of Start Up Loans, my dreams have now become reality.”
With more than three decades in hairdressing, Maria has the relevant City and Guilds qualification, and prides herself on warm and friendly customer service. Read the full story
Do you have a hobby or passion that you would like to develop into a business? Take the first step and contact Nwes today for advice and support.
Written by Davina Young @ Nwes